Reston Ebolavirus spreads efficiently in pigs ¶
By: Jason E. Barkeloo on Dec. 22, 2020, 12:18 a.m.
Reston Ebolavirus spreads efficiently in pigs
Finding reveals potential for spread to humans.
Reston ebolavirus (RESTV) should be considered a livestock pathogen with potential to affect other mammals, including people, according to National Institutes of Health scientists. The caution comes from a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in which the scientists found that experimental piglets infected with RESTV developed severe respiratory disease and shed the virus from the upper respiratory tract. RESTV can infect humans but is not known to cause disease. Now the scientists express concern that pigs could serve as an “interim or amplifying host for ebolaviruses.”
Jason E. Barkeloo
Chairman & Founder, Open Therapeutics